Dana Readies New Heavy Vehicle Transmission for Russia

Present at the CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2011 construction equipment show, automotive supplier Dana presented its new Spicer TZL Series powershift transmission, tweaked to fit the needs of the Russian and Commonwealth of Independent States' customers.

To be manufactured starting later this year at the supplier's plant in China, the new transmission marks the beginning of what Dana calls a line of products with “superior performance and durability.” For the presentation, the transmission was fitted onto a 21-tonne front-end loader.

The four-speed transmission uses high-energy-capacity forward and reverse clutches, adaptive clutch modulation, and helical gears to deliver improved shift quality. The system has been fitted with a rigid multi-piece load-bearing structure including the differential carrier, housing arms, high-energy wet brakes, and planetary wheel ends.

The transmission can be used in conjunction with either Posi-Torq or Hydraloc differential designs. The former provides a 45-percent locking capacity, resulting in up to 72-percent torque transfer to the high-traction wheel, while the latter allows for moment-to-moment lock-and-release control.

"The vitality and growth of the construction market in Russia and the CIS has never been more evident," said Mark Wallace, president of Dana's Heavy Vehicle Group. "There is tremendous investment in facilities that will host marquee events in the region, such as the 2012 APEC Summit in Vladivostok, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup,”

“We are eager to work closely with vehicle manufacturers in this region as a Tier 1 supplier with unique capabilities in the integration of value-added drivetrain systems for construction machines." 


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